Swope Park Rangers

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Swope Park Rangers
Logo
Full name Swope Park Rangers KC
Nickname(s) Rangers, SPR
Founded October 22, 2015; 17 months ago (2015-10-22)
Stadium Swope Soccer Village
Stadium
capacity
3,557
Owner Sporting Club
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
League USL
2016 4th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Championship Final
Website Club home page
Current season

Swope Park Rangers is a United Soccer League (USL) club affiliated with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. The Rangers play their home games at Children's Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri.

History[edit]

On October 22, 2015, the team was officially announced as the USL's 30th franchise, as were the Swope Park Rangers name, color scheme and logo. The Rangers replaced Oklahoma City Energy FC as SKC's USL affiliate, and are named after a nickname for SKC (then the Kansas City Wizards)'s reserve squad in 2008.[1][2] The team will be Sporting Kansas City's third USL affiliate in the team's history, after previously having partnered with Orlando City SC and Oklahoma City Energy FC.[3] Canadian Marc Dos Santos, who led Ottawa Fury FC to the NASL Soccer Bowl in 2015, was named the first head coach of the Rangers on November 20, 2015.[4]

Location[edit]

The team plays at Children's Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village.[1][2]

Current roster[edit]

As of March 25, 2016.[5][6]

No. Position Player Nation
31 Midfielder Selbol, NanselNansel Selbol  Nigeria
32 Midfielder Duke, ChristianChristian Duke (Captain)  United States
33 Defender Amico, JoeJoe Amico  United States
41 Midfielder Musa, JamesJames Musa  New Zealand
42 Midfielder Moloto, LeboLebo Moloto  South Africa
43 Midfielder Mirosavic, RobertRobert Mirosavic  Sweden
44 Defender Maher, ParkerParker Maher  United States
47 Forward Gonzalez, Mark AnthonyMark Anthony Gonzalez  Canada
49 Midfielder Little III, WillWill Little III  United States
50 Forward Enzugusi, LeroyLeroy Enzugusi  Kenya
55 Defender Didic, AmerAmer Didic  Canada
56 Defender Armstrong, EzraEzra Armstrong  United States
58 Midfielder Barnathan, DakotaDakota Barnathan  United States
60 Midfielder Wilkinson, PatrickPatrick Wilkinson  United States
63 Midfielder Bennett II, LouisLouis Bennett II  United States
66 Defender Doyle, LiamLiam Doyle  Isle of Man
70 Goalkeeper MacLeod, DarrinDarrin MacLeod  Canada
71 Goalkeeper Greczek, DavidDavid Greczek  United States
75 Midfielder Wan Kamal, Wan KuzainWan Kuzain Wan Kamal  United States
79 Midfielder Rugova, MaxMax Rugova  United States
81 Defender Ballo, OumarOumar Ballo  Mali
85 Midfielder Hernandez, FelipeFelipe Hernandez  United States
88 Midfielder Oliveira, KévinKévin Oliveira  Cape Verde
90 Forward Belmar, KharltonKharlton Belmar  United States
98 Goalkeeper Tekesky, StevenSteven Tekesky  United States
99 Midfielder Bromstedt, ChaseChase Bromstedt  United States

Year-by-year[edit]

As of October 26, 2016
Year USL Regular season Position Playoffs Top Scorer 1 U.S.
Open Cup
P W L D GF GA Pts Conf. Overall Player Goals
2016 30 14 10 6 45 36 48 4th 9th USL Cup Final Canada Mark Anthony Gonzalez 9 Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team)

^ 1. Top Scorer includes statistics from league matches only.

Head Coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Marc Dos Santos  Canada November 20, 2015 November 21, 2016 34 17 11 6 50.00
Nikola Popovic  Serbia November 21, 2016 Present 0 0 0 0 !

Average Attendance[edit]

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2016 1,753 2,329

Staff[edit]

  • Serbia Nikola Popovic – Head Coach[7][8]
  • United States Paulo NagamuraAssistant Coach
  • United States Gavin McInerney – Goalkeeper Coach
  • United States Joey Harty – Fitness Coach

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sporting Kansas City Awarded USL's 30th Franchise". United Soccer League. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "USL expands to Kansas City in 2016 with debut of Swope Park Rangers". October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Vermes, Besler Excited By Rangers' Introduction". United Soccer League. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dos Santos Introduced as Swope Park Rangers' Coach". United Soccer League (USL). Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Christian Duke returns to KC as Swope Park Rangers' first signing". sportingkc.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "USL's All-Time Scoring Leader Kelly Joins Rangers". United Soccer League (USL). Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nikola Popovic and Alec Dufty join Swope Park Rangers technical staff". Sporting Kansas City. 
  8. ^ "Nikola Popovic introduced as Swope Park Rangers head coach". Patrik Bergabo. Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 

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